A Finnish passport is a travel document issued to a Finnish citizen. Passports are issued for a maximum validity of five years. The passport shall be valid for the purposed duration of the journey. It is not recommended to travel with a damaged or broken passport. A passport also serves as a proof of identity. Only one person can travel on one passport and children cannot be included in the guardian’s passport.
Outside of Finland passport applications can be submitted to a Finnish embassy, to consulate general or to a consulate. Please note that the honorary consulates or special missions cannot provide passport services. Passport applications must always be submitted in person regardless of the age and it cannot be mailed or send through a representative. The application can be submitted at any Finnish mission or at any police station in Finland.
Passport applications can be processed only when the personal information in the Population Information System is correct and up-to-date (eg. name). According Population Information Act (661/2009) the applicant shall ensure that the personal information is up-to-date. The information may be checked from the Local Register Office once a year without any fees.
US travel regulations may be checked from the homepage of US Embassy in Helsinki.
In case the passport is lost or stolen while abroad the applicant needs to file a police report at the local police office and it needs to be presented at the mission when applying the passport. For a lost, stolen or broken passport the applicant can apply for a temporary passport in order to travel home. The validity of such passport is maximum of one year. Temporary passport is issued by the mission.
If Finland does not have a diplomatic mission in the country where the applicant is travelling, it is possible to enquire assistance at a mission of another Schengen country in order to have an ETD (Emergency Travel Document) for travelling home.
Embassy, Washington D.C.
Tel: +1-202-298 5800
Customer service for passports and residence permits:
Mon-Fri 9.00 am -12.00 pm
by appointment only
Please note: As of October 1, 2011, the Finnish Embassy no longer issues visas. Visa applicants residing in Washington DC, Virginia or Maryland should contact the Embassy of Sweden, which represents Finland in visa matters.
Consulate General, New York
Tel. +1-212-750 4400
Customer service by appoinment only: Mon-Fri 9.00 am -12.00 pm, both Mon and Thu 1.30 pm - 4.30 pm
Telephone inquiries: Mon-Fri 9.00 am -12.00 pm
Consulate General, Los Angeles
Tel: +1-310-203 9903
Customer service (passports & visas):
Mon-Thu 9.00 am-12.00 pm
by appointment only
Telephone inquiries for passports and consular matters:
Mon-Thu 12.30 pm -1.30 pm, Fri 10.00 am - 12.00 pm
(Last updated on February 19, 2014)
The processing time is 2-3 weeks. Expedited passport with an extra fee can be obtained faster.
The processing fee is paid while applying for the new passport and the fee can be paid in cash (exact amount), money order or bank certified check. Credit cards or personal checks are not excepted.
The payment is required to be made out to Embassy of Finland, Washington DC or the Consulate General of Finland (New York or Los Angeles) depending where the application was submitted. Please note that if the passport cannot be granted or if it is not collected, the application processing fee remains non-refundable. The processing fees are subject to change according to the internal exchange rate.
Please check the current service fees.
The new passport can be collected by the applicant itself or by another person holding a power of attorney given by the applicant. The passport can be collected from the place where the application was submitted. Upon the time of applying the passport, the delivery address can also be determined to be delivered to another mission or a police office.
For an additional 10 USD fee, the passport can be mailed via FedEx to an applicant’s home address inside USA.